Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department.
Ordered that the order is reversed, on the law, with costs, the defendants' motion is granted, and the complaint is dismissed.
The defendants submitted proof in admissible form which established that the plaintiff has not suffered a "serious injury" within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102 (d). The burden thus shifted to the plaintiff to demonstrate the existence of a triable issue of fact (e.g., McHaffie v Antieri, 190 A.D.2d 780; see also, Grasso v Angerami, 79 N.Y.2d 813). The plaintiff failed to meet this burden.
The affirmation submitted by the plaintiff's treating chiropractor does not constitute competent evidence (see, CPLR 2106; Valencia v Siu-Ke Lui, 239 A.D.2d 339; Faintach v Grella, 209 A.D.2d 377). In any event, the affirmation fails to demonstrate that the purported limitations in the range of motion in the plaintiff's cervical and lumbar spine were objectively measured or quantified (see, Forte v Vaccaro, 175 A.D.2d 153; Philpotts v Petrovic, 160 A.D.2d 856, 857). Furthermore, the mere repetition of the word "permanent" in the affirmation does not suffice to establish serious injury within the meaning of Insurance Law § 5102 (d) (see, Gaddy v Eyler, 79 N.Y.2d 955). Under the circumstances, the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint should have been granted (see, Scheer v Koubek, 70 N.Y.2d 678; Lopez v Senatore, 65 N.Y.2d 1017, 1019).